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Hiring an Accident Attorney

What you Should Know Before Hiring an Accident Attorney.

Personal injury claims apply to a wide range of situations and types of accidents. You may have been injured by a slip and fall on someone’s property, in a car accident, or bitten by stranger’s dog. If your injuries are serious, you should hire a personal injury attorney to handle your claim.

If you’re like most people, you’ll want to find the best attorney out there. Before you hire a law firm to represent you, here are some important things that you should know about hiring a personal injury lawyer.

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1. How To Find a Personal Injury Lawyer

As you search for a lawyer, start by asking friends and colleagues for references. A referral service can also help you to locate a reputable firm. Online reviews and word of mouth can also ensure that the firm you choose aligns with your personal goals and needs.

2. Understand Your Personal Responsibilities

As a client, you have many responsibilities. Seek necessary medical care and remain in compliance with your doctor’s recommendations. Your health and well-being are the top priority. Ensure that your medical bills are properly submitted to your health insurance company. Keep your lawyer updated on the progress of your medical care and be honest and candid with your attorney.

3. Request the Paperwork Needed for Your Case

To represent you in a personal injury claim, your lawyer will require a significant amount of paperwork. Gather these important documents, including:

• Medical records (related pre-existing conditions and test results);

• Accident/Collision report, if the police were involved;

• Pictures (take pictures of all injuries and property damage)

• Details about the incident (date, location, time, weather/road conditions);

• Car Insurance policy information for yourself and the other party;

• Breakdown of your lost income/wages resulting from the accident.

The better prepared you are for your case, even before you’ve consulted a lawyer, the better off you’ll be.

4. Time Is of the Essence

Lawsuits have strict time limits, known as “statutes of limitations.” If you delay, you may be forever barred from seeking compensation for your injuries. Act promptly and do not wait to file your claim!

5. What is your fee for taking my case?

The vast majority of plaintiff’s-side personal injury attorneys will work under a contingency fee agreement. This means they do not get paid unless they can obtain some sort of recovery. Most personal injury attorneys charge around 33% of whatever you recover. But this exact amount is subject to a number of variables and fees.

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Personal injury claims often result in physically and financially devastating injuries. Fortunately, just as medical professionals help with physical recovery, legal professionals help you hold negligent parties financially accountable for the harm they have caused. Call us today for your free consultation.

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